We were over the moon to welcome back some Y2, Y3, Y4 & Y5 children to school this week; it was clearly evident that they were happy to be back. They thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with their friends in science investigations, maths and literacy games and a church treasure hunt.
I again urge families to try and take that first step back to returning for the last four weeks of term. Even just starting with a few hours if that is what it takes for you and your child to build confidence in seeing that it is ok.
We would normally share information on who children’s class teachers are for next year closer to the end of term but with everything that has happened and to support transition this needs to be shared sooner. I am sorry to be sharing the news that we will be saying goodbye and good luck to Ms Johns-O’Neill and to Ms Glassenbury who has mastered teaching and supporting Y5 all the way from Australia. Below are the class teams for next year:
|Reception||Ms Petrou, Ms Powley & Mrs McQueen|
|Year 1||Ms Sun & Mrs Gashi|
|Year 2||Mrs Evans & Mrs Kabir|
|Year 3||Ms Law & Ms Bergin|
|Year 4||Ms Risby & Ms Clayton|
|Year 5||Ms Wainer & Mrs Hough|
|Year 6||Ms Robey, Ms Woolway (part time) & Ms Hall|
Ms Sun and Ms Risby are new to teaching but Ms Risby completed one of her placements here and so knows our school and many of the children. We look forward to welcoming them both for two weeks before the end of term in order to get to know your wonderful children. All children will have an opportunity to spend time with their new teacher before the end of term.
Back to the wider national picture, we were relieved that the experience of a young footballer was listened to this week and that the government have now ensured that children entitled to a free school meal, will continue to receive food vouchers throughout the summer holiday. I am afraid that I have no further update to share on September but we are pushing to ensure that we have some guidance before we close for the summer. You may have heard the announcement this morning on tutoring services being employed for catch up programmes when schools open fully but we are yet to have any guidance on this from the Department of Education.
I am unsure how much families know about the fact that all announcements made via media channels are always news to us in school! We never know any more than any of you although in time detailed guidance filters through. We will always do our best to ensure that you are as fully and promptly informed as possible.
“There is a great distance between said and done”Puerto Rican proverb
You will have received a text about ordering uniform in preparation for September. Please can you ensure that you order what you need via ParentPay by Friday 26th June. We have some stock at school and so will be able to fulfil some orders on a first come first serve basis. Others will receive their order in the first week back in September.
While there was such disappointment that The Tempest performance preparation ground to such a sudden halt, we are delighted to at least be able to offer Y6 the opportunity to share their talents. We have planned to film the play with the children maintaining their hub groups and look forward to sharing the performance with the whole school before the end of term.
Urgent ParentPay Request
Some families have not been receiving our texts and that is because Parentpay now require that you log on and verify your number under “Profile”. Ensure that you also tick the box to allow school to contact you.
Please note, if you have changed numbers since you created your Parentpay profile, you will need to log on and change it.
Coach Steve’s PE Challenge
London Youth Games have this week launched the Virtual Games, putting all the London Boroughs in a competition against each other to find an overall winner!
The competition will span over four weekly rounds, with a challenge being released on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9am. Challenges for that week have to be completed and handed in to the London Youth Games by Friday 6pm for those weekly results to count.
LYG will be awarding a weekly ‘MVP’ where Nike trainers and other great prizes are up for grabs. Winners will be selected based on the ability, creativity and style shown in their video. Children must have parent permission before sharing content. Camden will also be rewarding their own weekly MVP trophy to show appreciation to all the young people taking part in the Virtual Games.
Please see attached all of this week’s challenges, as well as the multi-entry scorecard. For older pupils, they can enter their own results online via https://www.londonyouthgames.org/virtual-games/
Please keep Coach Steve updated on your child’s achievements by emailing him: email@example.com.
We also wanted to let parents know that Coach Steve will be running his summer camps. We will update you with more information in due course.
Jacqueline Wilson Story and Illustration Competition – closing date 30th June
The Foundling Museum has teamed up with children’s author Jacqueline Wilson to run a story-writing and illustration competition for children aged 6-16.
It is free to enter and each week a winner is picked and the story continues! More information can be found here: https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/story-writing-illustration-competition/
If you have not done so already, don’t forget that the Literacy Trust is hosting a free book for children on its website called The Book of Hopes. It is a compilation of stories and poems written by well-known authors, with the aim of building hope through ‘delight, comfort or new ideas, ridiculous jokes, wild heroic tales.’
This half term our Christian Value is ‘Service’
Service to others is a natural part of living in a community and of being human. We all have skills and assets that we freely give away every day. Service is instinctive, but in order for it to change a community, the world, and an individual, each person needs to become aware of the gifts they have to share. From this will follow a strong sense of purpose and meaning in life.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
Church Opening Times
We wanted to let you know that from next week, S. Silas Church will be open daily at 12-1:30pm and on a Sunday 10:30-12:30pm.
Holy Trinity Church will be open on Sundays from 9-10:15am
Your school misses you….
I am leaving up the reminders of what we are looking after for you, until you are all able to return in the not too distant future…..
Don’t forget to look on our school website where you will see a range of updates:
- Teachers’ video messages to their classes
- Mr Williams’ drama activities & storytelling
- Mr McIntyre’s storytelling– scroll down the drama page.
- Coach Steve’s fitness videos and challenges
- MORE NEWS on Music links from Camden Music : Our friends at the Camden Music Trust have put together a celebration of our RAH festival
- My weekly newsletter
We are mindful of not overloading you with too many websites and links but thought that we would just remind you of a few that may be helpful:
www.archive.org/nel (National Emergency Library – free online borrowing library for thousands of books, including children’s books)
https://www.britishmuseum.org/learn/schools (online resources for a number of history topics)
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours (virtual tours of the National Gallery using Google Street View)
https://www.tate.org.uk/kids (activities, games and quizzes from Tate galleries)
https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books (British library online resource featuring stories, activities and articles about children’s literature)
https://www.musicteachers.co.uk/resources/funstuff (music notation-themed games)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize (there are links to creative activities)
Pie Corbett Russell Prue and Ian Rocky for daily English lessons at 9.30 am.
Watch The Wind in the Willows stage production online.
The Vatican has opened up its digital tours so the Sistine Chapel can be viewed.
NASA Kids is perfect for space fans. Learn all about the universe we live in by viewing these online videos.
Well-being & Mental Health
A reminder of websites that may help maintain calm and relaxation when needed.
|Here is a link to activities you can involve your children with in order to support their mental health and well-being.|
|https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga||Loads of yoga videos for children with themes. Eg. Frozen, superheroes.|
|https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/||Mindfulness and movement breaks, suitable for younger children|
|https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/||Calming activities and resources for young people|
|https://www.kooth.com/||Young people’s mental health charity|
|Daily 30 minute PE lessons released at 9am Monday – Friday|
Donations via ParentPay
We would like to remind parents that they can donate to our appeal for classroom iPads on ParentPay.
Term dates for 2019 – 2020
SUMMER TERM 2020 – PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE TO THE EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY
|Children start school||Monday 20th April|
|No school (May day bank holiday)||Friday 8th May|
|Half term||Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May|
|Children start school||Monday 1st June|
|Last day of summer term||Friday 17th July|
|Staff INSET||Monday 20th – Tuesday 21st July|